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Newswire: Werner Herzog enjoys the “significant novelty” of Donald Trump

23 March 2017 8:34 PM, PDT | | See recent The AV Club news »

Few voices on Earth are as well-suited to sounding off on decline and despair as that of Werner Herzog, a director whose gloomy Germanic soothsaying has become almost as iconic as his nearly 100 films. So it’s not wholly surprising that Herzog—fresh off of a retrospective festival hosting his entire body of work to date—would eventually weigh in on the “significant novelty” of American President Donald Trump, or that the man who made a film hero of Klaus Kinski would find a certain pleasure in Trump’s vulgar groping of power.

“He’s the first time you have a real independent,” Herzog said as part of a long, borderline self-parodic interview recently published in Rolling Stone. “He’s turned against the Republican Party, and he’s vehemently against the media, justifiably so to some degree, and I find this a very significant novelty. Trump and Bernie Sanders ...


- William Hughes

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Werner Herzog: The Art of Being a Death-Defying, Gonzo Filmmaking Genius

23 March 2017 8:01 AM, PDT | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Dan Winters for Rolling Stone

Not far from the big round dome atop the Griffith Observatory, leaning on a railing that overlooks the Greater Los Angeles sinkhole, the German director Werner Herzog, 74, removes a tissue from his pocket and dabs at his eyes. His eyes are leaking. They've been leaking for the past hour or so. The tear fluid builds up in the corner of one of his blue eyes, then starts to cascade down his cheeks, halted only when he dab, dab, dabs.

He does not explain this. In fact, »

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Criterion Now – Episode 9 – June 2017 Announcements, Ingmar Bergman, Canoa

20 March 2017 12:27 PM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

Aaron, Arik Devens, Scott Nye and Travis Trudell dig into the June Criterion announcements, Ingmar Bergman on FilmStruck, Canoa: A Shameful Memory, Werner Herzog versus Klaus Kinski, Iranian Cinema, and plenty of other topics including the latest news from Criterion and FilmStruck.

Episode Notes

1:50 – June Announcements

34:00 – Ingmar Bergman

43:00 – Canoa: A Shameful Memory

49:00 – Criterion Coming Soon & Misc News Items

53:00 – Short Takes (Burden of Dreams, McCabe & Mrs. Miller, The House is Black, For Heaven’s Sake)

1:04:00 – FilmStruck

Episode Links Criterion – Ugetsu Criterion – They Live by Night Criterion – The Marseilles Trilogy Criterion – The Lodger Criterion – Straw Dogs Scott Reviews Ingmar Bergman’s The Devil’s Eye CriterionCast 173 – Ingmar Bergman’s Summer Interlude CriterionCast 174 – Ingmar Bergman’s Summer with Monika CriterionCast 175 – Ingmar Bergman’s Smiles of a Summer Night A History of Jazz Podcast Arik Reviews Canoa: A Shameful Memory Albert Brooks Tweet about Lost in America »

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Cannes: Werner Herzog to receive Directors' Fortnight Carrosse d’Or Award

6 February 2017 8:53 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

French Film Directors Guild to fete German legend.

Werner Herzog will be honoured with the Carrosse d’Or (Golden Coach) award during Directors’ Fortnight, the section which runs parallel to the Cannes Film Festival (May 17-28).

The annual honorary prize is granted by the French film directors guild, Société des Réalisateurs de films (la Sfr).

In a letter to the director, the Sfr selection committee said the award will pay tribute to Herzog’s “relentless energy and great creativity, (his) ability to juggle formats, production norms and systems, and to blur the lines between fiction and documentary, feature films and television, reason and madness.”

They added: “We also pay homage to your leadership and your powerful capacity to pull in Hollywood stars as well as unknown people and amateurs, and to the way you impose your distinctive tone and vision, flouting moral conventions and political correctness.”

German-born Herzog has been a filmmaker since the early 1960s, and is »

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